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Helen’s always dreamed of ditching her hometown, so when she lands a job at the company that makes Sandra, everyone's favorite A.I., she figures it’s the next-best thing. But working behind the curtain isn’t quite the escape from reality that Helen expected. Directed by Sebastian Silva; written by Kevin Moffett and Matthew Derby; executive produced by Mimi O'Donnell; produced by April Lamb, Katie Pastore and Matthew Boll; associate produced by MR Daniel; sound design and editing by Ryan Billia; mixed by Matthew Boll; score by Daniel Brunelle; Special thanks to Mary-Kim Arnold, Eli Horowitz, Corinna Vallianatos and Alex Blumberg. Sandra is a production of Gimlet Media.

Customer Reviews

7 min of story - 30 min of adds

Highly disappointing. The purpose seems to be to serve you adds. Very substandard for Gimlet

This is surprisingly bad

I had pretty decent expectations for this one. I love Gimlet and I thought Homecoming had some pretty strong moments, but Sandra is unfortunately much less interesting than Homecoming.

The voice acting and dialogue is extremely stale. Helen sounds emotionless most of the time and completely disinterested. It’s sad because I love Alia Shawkat, but voice acting is not her forte. All the other side characters are very strange as well, and none of them sound invested. It sounds like a few actors might have done this for the paycheck.

Content wise- it’s pretty dull. This really isn’t a very original concept. They also don’t explain how the technology behind Sandra works and after several episodes I failed to see any benefit to someone owning a Sandra. At times I felt like they were trying to tap into Black Mirror a bit, but it just doesn’t work for me.

Also, echoing the frustration with episode time. Besides the ads, and several minutes of just hearing pointless conversations with Sandra, the story behind Helen is like 7 minutes per episode. It moves very slowly and it’s hard to feel any sense of interest in the main character.
Someone said there were crazy cliffhangers but I never felt strongly compelled to click the next episode.

Overall, very vanilla. It’s easy enough to listen to if you’re on a long trip or doing something monotonous, but there’s not much to it. I couldn’t get passed episode three. I think Gimlet needs to stay away from audio dramas. Very excited for Habitat though!

Well acted but disappointing

The show is incredibly well acted! Unfortunately, it’s very slow and not very entertaining compared to other scripted shows. Gimlets other nonfictional shows have more emotion, story, and entertainment value. There seem to be a LOT of ads for such a short show. It almost feel likes a Gimlet Creative ad based type show.

It was really smart to release all of the episodes at once, because I most likely wouldn’t have finished if I had to wait every week. The show isn’t terrible, but definitely not 5 star worthy. I think it’s worth a listen overall if you’re bored. Alia is very likable like always.